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Thread: FMQ Question: what do with ends?

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    Super Member jillaine's Avatar
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    In the videos I've seen teaching free motion quilting, they tell you that when you start, to pull up the bottom thread to the top. Okay.

    So when you're done, then what? What do you do with all these ends that are now on the top?

    Thanks!

    -- Jillaine
    who just finished my first fully FMQ'ed quilt (well, still have to do the binding)

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    I tie them in knots and use a needle to bury the knot.

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    I prefer, because I am not the neat, to pull them to the back, tie the two together with a square knot, then thread a needle with the two threads, and bury into the middle of the batting...... that is the CORRECT way to do it....myself I cut them off and call it good !!!

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    i always try to end off the edge on the batting. but you can do a securing stitch or reduce stitch length to very small and tie off that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I tie them in knots and use a needle to bury the knot.
    ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I tie them in knots and use a needle to bury the knot.
    ditto here

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    That's very tidy, but I was taught to stitch in place then clip the threads at starts and stops.

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    Ah the stitching in place... that can replace the knotting then?

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    i pull both threads to the top, take a few stitches tightly together, then stop and trim those threads. then i continue. when done, i take some stitches tightly together and then clip those threads. done.

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    i bring the bobbin to the top, stitch in place- then 2-3 very tiny stitches and take off- then clip even with the top....when stopping i take a few stitches in place again- bring the bobbin to the top and clip again.

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